The economy seems as though it can not fall any further than it has and many people are faced with a decision to change careers in order to save their families financial situation. As many people are making the decision about which career to choose, some are considering a career in Nursing. If you are considering a career in Nursing, you may want to get an idea of what you are getting yourself into before you take the plunge.
It is presumably true that Nursing is a profession that will continue to have high demand especially as the baby boomers enter into retirement years. Reports have also suggested that many of our seasoned Nurses are now entering retirement age which is adding to the increased demand for Nurses. Health care itself seems to be in high demand so why not change to a Nursing career?
If you are going into Nursing solely because of the job stability or because of the potential for high salary, you may want to think again! There is a high demand and the salary can be good but one fact remains and that is if you do not enjoy it, you probably wont last. I have seen several Nurses leave the Nursing profession due to burn out or because they just did not have what it takes to be a Nurse. So what does it take to succeed in Nursing?
Nursing is not what you see on ER or scrubs. The glory is not always there and Nurses are not given as much gratitude as you see on TV, in fact some receive little or no recognition in their work. This is not because they are good nurses it’s because this is what people expect from the Nursing profession. If you can live without recognition in just knowing you are doing a good job and helping someone, then you will succeed as a nurse.
If you are wondering what Nurses really do, I can tell you that they stay busy and get dirty. While Nurses tend to keep their scrubs nice and clean, this is not because the work they do is clean, it is because they have mastered their jobs! Not to say that Nurses do not get dirty but for the most part they know what to expect and how to avoid it. If you are going into the Nursing profession you should be comfortable dealing with all bodily fluids on a daily basis. If you are not sure what I mean by that it would be good for you to do a quick anatomy review and remember that some older adults loose bladder and bowel function and it is up to Nurses and Nursing assistants to keep the clean and dignified.
Not only do Nurses clean up messes, they must be able to think fast and perform life saving procedures correctly and in a moments notice. Nursing involves numerous tasks including inserting IV’s, catheters, nasogastric tubes, changing wound dressings, and this is just the beginning. If you are getting into the Nursing profession you should be good with your hands and able to think and act fast.
The thing with Nursing is that the procedures are there but the situations are different every time. You have to be able to critically think and figure out what is wrong with your patient. You may be thinking that the Doctor should be doing that but the Doctor is not always there, the Nurse is. Nurses have to be able to assess information quickly and either act on it based on available orders or relay it to the Doctor for new orders. This means knowing how and why diseases work, how medications work and there side effects, what treatments will work for what, and of course what to do in any given situation.
As you consider your career options and look into the Nursing field I recommend that you take the time to make sure you are doing it for the right reason and know what you are getting into.